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Announcing Global Leadership Challenge 2020


We are pleased to announce the first Global Leadership Challenge (GLC), a joint initiative of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford, and the St. Gallen Symposium.

From 1-4 December 2020, the first Global Leadership Challenge will bring together 90 young students and professionals to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, gender equality, global mobility and migration, inclusive education, and resilient economies and businesses.

By developing an approach combining responsible leadership and design thinking, we aim to:

  • Empower youth to develop the values, skills and competencies necessary to become responsible leaders
  • Facilitate intergenerational dialogues between current decision-makers and the next generation of leaders
  • Promote a new model of leadership to address complex challenges by integrating design thinking and character education

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives, businesses, and politics across the globe. It has amplified systemic vulnerabilities and inequalities that existed well before the crisis. At the same time, it has also revealed strengths and sources of resilience to imagine a better future. No one knows what the "new normal" will look like, but we certainly need to rethink how we deal with global issues and what responsible leadership means in light of the current crisis. In light of this crisis, the GLC will prepare its members to reimagine what responsible leadership means in today’s context.

Leveraging the unique opportunity provided by this platform, participants will engage with Senior Advisors from business, policy, and academia to learn from each other and think from a truly global perspective. Next to this mentoring, the four-day programme will combine practical tools, skills, and values so that participants can use their GLC experience to address real-world problems and become responsible leaders.

Speakers and Senior Advisors for the first Global Leadership Challenge include, among many others: Dominic Barton, Canadian Ambassador to China; Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford; Linda Hill, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School; Simona Scarpaleggia, Global CEO of EDGE Strategy; and Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education & Skills at the OECD. To learn more about the GLC, please visit https://www.leadership-challenge.org/.

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